Preston face a tricky January with so many key players out of contract at the end of the season, and centre back Ben Davies is one player who will attract interest.
The 25-year-old is an understandably wanted man; he’s quick, he reads the game well, he plays out from the back and he’s left-footed, which is very appealing in the modern game.
If Preston can’t convince Davies to sign a new contract, they may well be forced to sell in January – and Sheffield United appear to be a potential destination.
The Blades are pursuing a new left-footed centre back with Jack O’Connell out of action, severely hampering Chris Wilder’s three-man back line.
On Monday, the Sheffield Star suggested that Sheffield United have considered Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo for that role, but there are other preferred targets – such as Davies.
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Wilder’s men allegedly made an approach for Davies eight weeks ago, and is still being viewed as a long-term solution in the United defence.
Yorkshire Live add more, claiming that Sheffield United are instead pushing for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley to join in a permanent move next month.
If the Gambian does make the move to Bramall Lane, then their interest in Davies will surely end – and would leave Preston with one less thing to worry about, even if his contract remains a concern.